February 3

February 3, 2021
By: Gabriel Tseng

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

He said to another man, “Follow me.”

But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”- Luke 9:57-62

Being busy has always been a nice excuse to use to avoid expressing regret about things I’ve procrastinated on and to also commend myself as being productive. Being busy is a way to avoid cleaning my room and even neglecting my family. My propensity to be distracted is always close at hand as I trudge around each day, trying to fulfill all my responsibilities that are expected of me and also making sure that I’m listening keenly to the Lord as to what He requires of me. When I read the passage in Luke, I can’t help but feel a sense of putting this at a distance as it confronts my double mindedness and multi- task brain to be single minded in my priorities and pursuit of Christ. 

Jesus seems harsh here. Seemingly good things He puts into the context of following Him as a disciple as secondary to following Him. “Burying his father” may not have meant that the disciples father had died, but most likely that he wanted to spend more time with him before he passed. When brought into the context of the Jesus not being able to rest, Jesus confronts us with His example of a single focus in heart and priority are possible if we were to learn from Him. Jesus also stopped many times to eat, to spend time with folks, and to heal the sick. God is not an advocate of abdicating one’s responsibilities but to have them in right priority. Only then, does it all make sense and life work the way it was supposed to be. What seems counterintuitive is that I’m a better husband and father, when I love God more than I love my children. When I begin to see that God loves my children more than I do. He knows my needs and He knows how this all works best. He asks me to be single minded in this pursuit of Him so that I am able to serve, love, and care appropriately. 

There is an element of control I’d like that God would rather have me trust Him with. There is an element of “double mindedness” that I have in my prayers and in my inner life. I hedge my bets, I pray “safe” prayers because I’m worried about the bold prayers that will turn over my life. It is here, I begin to see the connection between my inner life and my outward life. I procrastinate and stay busy many times because I’m avoiding following the Lord in what may seem a difficult thing. If I sat still for just a minute and listened to that still small voice, I can hear that nagging feeling in my stomach that there are things I have put off doing, people I’ve put off contacting, and areas I’ve neglected that the Lord has been inviting me to follow Him in addressing. The enemy of the best is often the good. The good, while much, can also distract us from that which is best. Let us keep our eyes affixed to Him, the Author and Perfecter of our faith and walk with Him in humility and loving justice, to have His will done in us. 

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